\ˈɑːkiːəs], \ˈɑːkiːəs], \ˈɑː_k_iː__ə_s]\
Definitions of ARCHAEUS
Sort: Oldest first
A word invented by Basil Valentine, and afterwards adopted by Paracelsus and Van Helmont. The latter used it for the internal principle of our motions and actions. This archaeus, according to Van Helmont, is an immaterial principle, existing in the seed prior to fecundation, and presiding over the development of the body, and over all organic phenomena. Besides this chief archaeus, whose seat Van Helmont placed in the upper orifice of the stomach, he admitted several of a subordinate character, which had to execute its orders; one, for instance, in each organ, to preside over its functions; each of them being subject to anger, caprice, terror, and every human feeling.
By Robley Dunglison